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  • Caffeine boosts enzyme that could protect against dementia

    03/07/2017 2:15:49 PM PST · by JimSEA · 30 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 3/7/2017 | Indiana University
    A study by Indiana University researchers has identified 24 compounds -- including caffeine -- with the potential to boost an enzyme in the brain shown to protect against dementia. The protective effect of the enzyme, called NMNAT2, was discovered last year through research conducted at IU Bloomington. The new study appears today in the journal Scientific Reports. "This work could help advance efforts to develop drugs that increase levels of this enzyme in the brain, creating a chemical 'blockade' against the debilitating effects of neurodegenerative disorders," said Hui-Chen Lu, who led the study. Lu is a Gill Professor in the...
  • A Man in California Is Fighting a Caffeine DUI, and the State Won't Back Down

    12/28/2016 6:15:38 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 76 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/29/2016
    A California man is in the midst of a lengthy legal battle following a driving under the influence charge that was issued almost 18 months ago for operating a car while under the influence of caffeine, reports said. I'm sorry, did we miss something? When did it become illegal to drive after consuming some espresso? Joseph Schwab, 36, was pulled over on August 5, 2015, by a California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agent in an unmarked car who claimed the 36-year-old had cut her off and was driving erratically, The Guardian reported. The agent administered a breathalyzer test which...
  • Senator calls for FDA probe into caffeinated peanut butter

    11/11/2015 7:10:05 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 17 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 10, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    WASHINGTON, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to probe an unusual caffeine-infused product: peanut butter. STEEM is offering peanut butter in Connecticut and Massachusetts that the company says contains the same amount of caffeine in 2 tablespoons as would be found in two cups of coffee. "STEEM is designed to provide a consistent release of sustained energy and the naturally slow digestion of peanut butter is the key to that. STEEM delivers protein, electrolytes and caffeine, granting you hours of endurance and focus, and freeing you from distractions like hunger and fatigue," the company...
  • Mum died after "excessive consumption" of caffeine from drinking 8 litres of Pepsi Max every day

    11/04/2015 7:45:41 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 55 replies
    mirror ^ | 4 nov 2015 | EUGENE HENDERSON
    A post mortem found she died as a result of her "excessive consumption" of caffeine from the fizzy pop combined with her prescription drugs. "When mum was drinking heavily she could get through a one-litre bottle of vodka a day and four two-litre bottles of Pepsi Max."
  • No Vices: Ill. Eyes Bans on Powdered Alcohol and Caffeine, E-cigs

    04/02/2015 8:33:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 1, 2015 | Benjamin Yount,
    Illinois lawmakers are close to banning — or partially banning — new versions of some of the most popular products on any convenience store shelf. The Illinois state Senate is poised to vote on two proposed laws outlawing powdered alcohol, often called Palcohol, and powdered caffeine. Chicago Democrat Ira Silverstein is pushing the powdered alcohol ban, and the proposal cleared a legislative committee last week. Illinois Watchdog reached out to Silverstein, but he did not immediately return our calls. Silverstein has said, however, that he's afraid for young people. "It's the type of item that can be sprinkled on food...
  • How to Get Through a Workday on No Sleep

    08/18/2014 3:27:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Melissa Dahl
    So, you couldn’t sleep last night. You’d like nothing more than to go back to bed, but you’ve got a long day of work staring you in the face. How do you power through? Science of Us talked to sleep researchers to figure out how to get through a day after you’ve had a sleepless night. Each of them wanted to be incredibly clear, up front, about this: You really, really need seven to eight hours of sleep to function like a proper human being (unless you’re one of those short sleepers — but look, you aren’t). Still, they acknowledged,...
  • US Warns Against "Pure Caffeine" After Teen Dies

    07/19/2014 1:35:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    US regulators on Friday warned against ingesting pure powdered caffeine, which is being sold in bulk over the Internet and is known to have killed at least one teenager.US regulators on Friday warned against ingesting pure powdered caffeine, which is being sold in bulk over the Internet and is known to have killed at least one teenager. "These products are essentially 100 per cent caffeine. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equivalent to the amount in 25 cups of coffee," the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. The FDA advised consumers "to avoid powdered pure caffeine" and warned...
  • Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint

    07/17/2014 6:56:35 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    KOMO ^ | July 15, 2014 | KOMO Staff
    Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint SEATTLE -- Fire officials say a West Seattle man was using a lighter and a can of spray paint to kill a spider in his laundry room when the house went up in flames. Fire crews were called to a home in the 10200 block of 34th Avenue SW just before 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Firefighters originally battled the blaze from a distance after learning there may be ammunition inside. Crews were eventually able to extinguish the fire, but not before it did significant damage to the structure....
  • How coffee can perk up your memory: Drinking a strong mug can improve recall

    01/12/2014 5:50:56 PM PST · by Innovative · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Jn 12, 2014 | UK Daily Mail Reporter
    Researchers in Baltimore, Maryland, carried out tests on 100 people Showed them a series of images which they had to remember Then gave some participants 200mg of caffeine - the same as a strong cup Those who took dose could remember pictures more clearly the next day Coffee doesn’t just perk you up – just one mug a day can give your memory a boost too, experts claimed yesterday. ‘We have always known caffeine has cognitive enhancing effects, but its particular effects on strengthening memories and making them resistant to forgetting has never been examined in detail in humans. We...
  • Portion control -- how the government plans to dictate what's on your dinner table in 2014

    01/04/2014 7:49:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 3, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins....
  • Mountain Dew spill forces major traffic backups on I-70

    05/09/2013 12:43:12 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 17 replies ^ | 5/9/2013 | uncredited
    Traffic remains backed up for miles on Interstate 70 in Washington County after a tractor-trailer carrying Mountain Dew jackknifed Thursday morning. [snip]
  • FDA to investigate added caffeine in trail mix, gum, other foods

    04/30/2013 7:10:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 29, 2013 | Associated Press
    Trail mix. Potato chips. And now gum. With a growing number of foods boasting added caffeine for an energy boost, the Food and Drug Administration says it's time to investigate their safety. The FDA's new look at added caffeine and its effects on children and adolescents is in response to a caffeinated gum introduced this week by Wrigley.
  • Coroner Concludes Woman’s 2 Gallon A Day Coca-Cola Habit “A Substantial Factor” In Her Death

    02/12/2013 2:05:35 PM PST · by SMGFan · 63 replies
    When a New Zealand woman died in February 2010, her family swiftly pointed fingers at her 2.2 gallon a day Coke habit. Not the white powdery stuff, the drinkable, cola-y stuff. And although it’s taken three years, a coroner has found that the beverage was a major factor in her death. Coca-Cola had pointed out last year that too much water is bad for you as well, so it’s not surprising that the company disagrees with the ruling. The 30-year-old mother of eight guzzled a whole lot of Coke for years before her death, and the coroner said a bunch...
  • Now For some Good News: Cracker Jacks to Come with Caffeine Added !!

    11/16/2012 9:02:29 AM PST · by beebuster2000 · 6 replies
    foxnewsx ^ | nov 16, 2012 | foxnews
    at last, a ray of hope. Frito-Lay, the manufacturer of Cracker Jacks, will soon introduce a new version of its snack called Cracker Jack’d – which will have added caffeine. Read more:
  • Researchers find evidence of ritual use of ‘black drink’ at Cahokia

    08/08/2012 5:53:39 AM PDT · by Renfield · 45 replies
    Heritage Daily ^ | 8-7-2012
    People living 700 to 900 years ago in Cahokia, a massive settlement near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, ritually used a caffeinated brew made from the leaves of a holly tree that grew hundreds of miles away, researchers report. The discovery – made by analyzing plant residues in pottery beakers from Cahokia and its surroundings – is the earliest known use of this “black drink” in North America. It pushes back the date by at least 500 years, and adds to the evidence that a broad cultural and trade network thrived in the Midwest and southeastern U.S....
  • A Coverup That Won’t Stay Covered

    12/03/2003 6:13:26 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 17 replies · 405+ views ^ | 12/3/2003 | Paul Craig Roberts
    A Coverup That Won’t Stay Covered by Paul Craig Roberts CNN recently reported that "the Justice Department is re-examining its investigation into the 1995 death of a federal prisoner that the victim’s family alleges was murder at the hands of the government." The victim was Kenneth Michael Trentadue. At 7 AM on August 21, 1995, officials from the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office arrived at the new Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center for the body of a man recently picked up for parole violation who allegedly was a suicide by hanging. The astonished state officials saw a body with scalp split...
  • Caffeine: A User’s Guide to Getting Optimally Wired

    06/30/2012 3:15:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Science Blogs ^ | February 11, 2008 | Posted by Chris Chatham
    1) Consume in small, frequent amounts. Between 20-200mg per hour may be an optimal dose for cognitive function. 2) Play to your cognitive strengths while wired. Caffeine may increase the speed with which you work, may decrease attentional lapses, and may even benefit recall - but is less likely to benefit more complex cognitive functions, and may even hurt others. Plan accordingly (and preferably prior to consuming caffeine!) 3) Play to caffeine's strengths. Caffeine's effects can be maximized or minimized depending on what else is in your system at the time. (Definitely add sugar. Grapefruit juice may prolong the effects...
  • The Four Loko Effect (situational specificity of tolerance)

    05/23/2011 12:31:20 PM PDT · by decimon · 14 replies
    The popular, formerly caffeinated, fruity alcoholic beverage, Four Loko, has been blamed for the spike in alcohol-related hospitalizations, especially throughout college campuses. Initially, caffeine was deemed the culprit and the Food and Drug Administration ordered all traces of caffeine to be removed from Four Loko and all other similar beverages. However, according to an upcoming evaluation in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, caffeine might not be the primary cause of the spike in hospitalizations. “Four Loko didn’t have the extraordinary intoxicating effect because of caffeine, but rather because of the phenomenon of situational...
  • Buzz Kill: Nanny State To Ban Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks

    11/16/2010 5:29:21 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 14 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 11/16/2010 | Ed Carson
    The FDA is expected to declare caffeine additives in alcoholic drinks as unsafe this week, according to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. This will effectively ban such products. But it’s unclear how effective the ban will be. The alcoholic energy drink craze developed from nightclub patrons mixing Red Bull and vodka to stay up partying long into the night. Bartenders will continue to serve up such cocktails, and it’s not exactly rocket science for people at home.
  • ABLE Commission To Halt Four Loko Sales

    11/05/2010 9:04:05 AM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 5 replies
    KOCO ^ | Nov 5, 2010
    A cheap drink that combines alcohol and caffeine will be off Oklahoma store shelves next month. Alcohol regulators said they want to stop sales of Four Loko and will target other alcohol drinks that contain energy additives. The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission put a moratorium on all alcoholic beverages containing caffeine, guarana and taurine. Experts said one can of Four Loko is like drinking a six-pack of light beer and two cups of coffee. It also sells for less than $2 per can, which makes it popular with cost-conscious young people. "This malt beverage is actually half as...
  • Man Dies Of Caffeine Overdose

    10/29/2010 11:14:07 AM PDT · by null and void · 54 replies
    By NewsCore via MyFox via Drudge ^ | Friday, 29 Oct 2010, 11:42 AM EDT
    A British man died after poisoning himself with two spoonfuls of caffeine powder bought over the internet, local media reported Friday. Michael Lee Bedford, 23, from Mansfield, central England, was at a party in April when he swallowed caffeine powder that a friend bought online for £3.29 ($5.26), Nottingham Coroner’s Court heard Thursday. He washed the powder down with an energy drink, and around 15 minutes later began sweating and vomiting blood. He later died at King’s Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire, central England, the Nottingham Post reported. The court heard that Bedford ignored the product's recommendation to take no more...
  • Liquor stores reassess Four Loko for ‘liquid crack’ reputation (12% alcohol plus caffeine)

    10/27/2010 2:33:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Free Press ^ | 10/27/10 | Meaghan Beatley
    Liquor stores reassess Four Loko for ‘liquid crack’ reputationBy Meaghan Beatley Updated: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 06:10 Recent concerns over the popular alcoholic energy drink Four Loko have prompted at least one Boston liquor store to stop selling the beverage that is often referred to as "liquid crack" and "cocaine in a can." Four Loko was linked to a recent incident involving nine Central Washington University students, some of whom were hospitalized on Oct. 9 for alcohol poisoning, according to a statement by the Washington Attorney General's office. Emmett McDermott, department manager of Liquor Land in Dorchester, said the store...
  • Jury Rejects Caffeine Defense in Murder Trial

    09/25/2010 9:26:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Kentucky ^ | Saturday, Sep. 25, 2010
    A northern Kentucky man was found guilty of murder for strangling his wife with an extension cord and rejected defense claims that his statements to police were made under stress prompted by large amounts of caffeine and a lack of sleep. The Campbell County jury deliberated about 1 1/2 hours on Friday before convicting 33-year-old Woody Will Smith in the May 2009 death of Amanda Hornsby-Smith.
  • Scientists remove amyloid plaques from brains of live animals with Alzheimer's disease

    10/15/2009 7:52:05 AM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies · 951+ views
    New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that manipulation of the brain's own immune cells with IL-6 could lead to reversal of Alzheimer's disease pathologyA breakthrough discovery by scientists from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, may lead to a new treatment for Alzheimer's Disease that actually removes amyloid plaques—considered a hallmark of the disease—from patients' brains. This discovery, published online in The FASEB Journal (, is based on the unexpected finding that when the brain's immune cells (microglia) are activated by the interleukin-6 protein (IL-6), they actually remove plaques instead of causing them or making them worse. The research...
  • Positive And Negative Health Effects Of Caffeine

    06/29/2010 6:08:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    World Of Mysteries ^ | Sunday, June 27, 2010
    There is a good deal of debate about the health effects of caffeine, and whether these effects are primarily positive or negative. Caffeine, particularly in coffee, has been studied closely to determine where it may be of benefit, and where it may cause undesirable effects. Health benefits of caffeine Parkinson's disease Parkinson's is caused by the loss of brain cells that produce a chemical messenger called dopamine. According to a researcher from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, people who drink coffee or consume caffeine regularly have a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease. The research put forth...
  • New evidence that drinking coffee may reduce the risk of diabetes

    06/09/2010 12:24:13 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies · 84+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | June 9, 2010 | Unknown
    Scientists are reporting new evidence that drinking coffee may help prevent diabetes and that caffeine may be the ingredient largely responsible for this effect. Their findings, among the first animal studies to demonstrate this apparent link, appear in ACS' bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Fumihiko Horio and colleagues note that past studies have suggested that regular coffee drinking may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. The disease affects millions in the United States and is on the rise worldwide. However, little of that evidence comes from studies on lab animals used to do research that cannot be...
  • Coffee, Tea May Stall Diabetes (Every Cup of Coffee per Day Lowers Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 7%)

    12/14/2009 2:13:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies · 1,103+ views
    WebMD ^ | 12/14/2009 | Jennifer Warner
    Dec. 14, 2009 -- Every cup of coffee a person drinks per day may lower the risk of diabetes by 7%. A new review of research on the link between lifestyle factors, like coffee and tea consumption, and diabetes risk suggests that drinking regular or decaffeinated coffee and tea all lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers say the number of people with type 2 diabetes is expected to increase by 65% by 2025, reaching an estimated 380 million people worldwide. “Despite considerable research attention, the role of specific dietary and lifestyle factors remains uncertain, although obesity and physical...
  • Sobering news: coffee increases drunkenness

    12/09/2009 3:15:03 PM PST · by george76 · 41 replies · 977+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 08 Dec 2009 | Richard Alleyne
    Drinking coffee does not sober you up – and may actually further impair your judgement, new research suggests. The combination of alcohol and caffeine produces a potentially lethal mix that just makes it harder to realise you are actually drunk in the first place. And the study published in Behavioural Neuroscience suggests popular caffeinated energy drinks could also raise risks from intoxication rather than lessen them. "The myth about coffee's sobering powers is particularly important to debunk because the co-use of caffeine and alcohol could actually lead to poor decisions with disastrous outcomes. "People who have consumed only alcohol, who...
  • Green tea chemical combined with another may hold promise for treatment of brain disorders

    12/03/2009 6:40:20 AM PST · by decimon · 13 replies · 774+ views
    Watertown, MA—Scientists at Boston Biomedical Research Institute (BBRI) and the University of Pennsylvania have found that combining two chemicals, one of which is the green tea component EGCG, can prevent and destroy a variety of protein structures known as amyloids. Amyloids are the primary culprits in fatal brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and Parkinson's diseases. Their study, published in the current issue of Nature Chemical Biology (December 2009), may ultimately contribute to future therapies for these diseases. "These findings are significant because it is the first time a combination of specific chemicals has successfully destroyed diverse forms of amyloids...
  • Drinking coffee reduces risk of Alzheimer's: study

    01/16/2009 9:46:11 AM PST · by Schnucki · 55 replies · 1,452+ views
    AFP ^ | January 15, 2008
    STOCKHOLM — Middle-aged people who drink moderate amounts of coffee significantly reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a study by Finnish and Swedish researchers showed Thursday. "Middle-aged people who drank between three and five cups of coffee a day lowered their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease by between 60 and 65 percent later in life," said lead researcher on the project, Miia Kivipelto, a professor at the University of Kuopio in Finland and at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The study, which was also conducted in cooperation with the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki and which...
  • Tired doctors urged to beat fatigue with caffeine

    09/07/2009 5:18:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 982+ views
    Courrier Mail ^ | 9/7/09 | Matthew Fynes-Clinton and Michael Crutcher
    SIX cups of coffee - that's the State Government antidote to sleep-deprived doctors killing and harming their patients in a haze of exhaustion. The astonishing remedy forms part of Queensland Health's new doctor fatigue policy, currently being rolled out in public hospitals. The Courier-Mail yesterday reported the confessions of junior surgeons and medics whose exhaustion-induced errors had killed or hurt patients during "on-call" shifts of 30 to 80 hours. But a guidelines document underpinning QH's Fatigue Risk Management System claims "solutions such as 'we need more staff' might not be achievable or effective in managing a fatigue risk."
  • Caffeine May Prevent and Help Reverse Alzheimer's Disease

    08/02/2009 6:31:50 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 30 replies · 1,201+ views
    Natural News ^ | Aug. 2, 2009 | S. L. Baker
    In experiments with lab mice especially bred to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, University of South Florida (USF) researchers at the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center ADRC gave the aged animals the equivalent of the caffeine in five cups of coffee a day. The results? Their severe memory impairment was reversed. This study, along with other AD research by the same group of scientists, was just published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Both studies show that caffeine significantly decreased abnormal levels of beta amyloid (the protein linked to AD) in both the brains and blood of lab rodents who...
  • Caffeine reverses memory impairment in Alzheimer's mice

    07/06/2009 2:01:05 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 19 replies · 997+ views ^ | July 7, 2009 | University of South Florida Health
    Enlarge Caffeine treatment removed the beta amyloid plaques from the brains of the Alzheimer's mice. Credit: Photo courtesy of Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Coffee drinkers may have another reason to pour that extra cup. When aged mice bred to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's disease were given caffeine - the equivalent of five cups of coffee a day - their memory impairment was reversed, report University of South Florida researchers at the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. Back-to-back studies published online today in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, show caffeine significantly decreased abnormal levels of the protein linked to...
  • Michael Jackson's 2009 concert tour weirdness!

    03/31/2009 7:43:08 PM PDT · by brycemax · 7 replies · 726+ views
    Michael Jackson is setting out on a concert tour after a twelve year hiatus. Nothing unusual about that...until you take a look at who's helping him put the tour together! NOTE: The author of this comic requests that you visit his web site and please refrain from copying the cartoon within this thread! Thank you very much!
  • Have a Coke and a tax

    03/14/2009 2:13:42 PM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 30 replies · 668+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | March 12, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Have a Coke and a tax Once government starts down the "sin tax" road, it is very hard to stop. Everyone loves to tax a product they do not use. When revenues run low, alcohol and cigarettes are always at the top of the new tax list. Some municipalities have even proposed a "fat" tax. Now, a legislator in Utah has proposed a tax on caffeine. Be careful whose sin you tax. Yours may be next. Let's tax caffeine, legislator argues
  • Too much caffeine linked to hallucinations

    01/13/2009 10:05:19 AM PST · by Perdogg · 62 replies · 1,131+ views
    KSFY ^ | 01.13.09 | Michael Kahn
    Hearing voices when nobody is around or seeing things that aren't there? Too much caffeine could be to blame, British researchers reported on Wednesday. Their study found that students who consumed more than the equivalent of seven cups of instant coffee a day were three times more likely to have had these kinds of hallucinations compared to people on a single daily cup.
  • Drugs tested on spiders, amazing reactions.

    12/30/2008 12:07:27 PM PST · by Snurple · 22 replies · 1,506+ views
    you tube ^ | today | self
    Wow! I never knew spiders would hve these reactions.Link
  • Men more responsive to caffeine

    12/23/2008 10:34:50 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 372+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 23 December 2008 | BBC Staff
    A strong cup of coffee has a greater effect on men than women, research shows. In a study on 668 healthy volunteers, an espresso pepped up men after just 10 minutes. Women also became more alert after the beverage, but less so. The University of Barcelona researchers say some of this effect might be psychological because decaffeinated coffee also worked to some extent. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry reports the work. The volunteers were asked to drink either a classic espresso containing 100mg of caffeine or a decaffeinated espresso containing 5mg of caffeine. Then the researchers looked for changes...
  • A low dose of caffeine when pregnant may damage the heart of offspring for a lifetime

    12/17/2008 1:29:49 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 37 replies · 1,080+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 16-Dec-2008
    A new study published online in The FASEB Journal shows that the equivalent of one dose of caffeine (just two cups of coffee) ingested during pregnancy may be enough to affect fetal heart development and then reduce heart function over the entire lifespan of the child. In addition, the researchers also found that this relatively minimal amount of exposure may lead to higher body fat among males, when compared to those who were not exposed to caffeine. Although the study was in mice, the biological cause and effect described in the research paper is plausible in humans.
  • Sorting Out Coffee’s Contradictions

    08/09/2008 9:53:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 219+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 5, 2008 | JANE E. BRODY
    When Howard D. Schultz in 1985 founded the company that would become the wildly successful Starbucks chain, no financial adviser had to tell him that coffee was America’s leading beverage and caffeine its most widely used drug. The millions of customers who flock to Starbucks to order a double espresso, latte or coffee grande attest daily to his assessment of American passions. Although the company might have overestimated consumer willingness to spend up to $4 for a cup of coffee — it recently announced that it would close hundreds of underperforming stores — scores of imitators that now sell coffee,...
  • Anheuser-Busch to Stop Caffeinating Alcoholic Beverages

    07/03/2008 1:48:36 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 42 replies · 127+ views
    Center for Science in the Public Interest ^ | June 26, 2008 | Grant Junkie
    WASHINGTON—Anheuser-Busch will remove the caffeine, guarana, and ginseng from its flavored malt beverages Tilt and Bud Extra, and is calling on its competitors in the industry to similarly stop making pre-packaged caffeinated alcohol beverages. The move comes as part of agreements reached with the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest(CSPI), which in February threatened to file suit against the company over the drinks, and a group of 11 state Attorneys General, which has separately been investigating the company. Miller Brewing Co., which markets caffeinated alcoholic drinks under the brand name Sparks, is not a party to the settlement...
  • NJ in "Nanny State" Mode Again : High Caffeine Beverages yet !

    04/14/2008 2:39:59 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 11 replies · 87+ views
    The Home News Tribune ^ | 04/14/08 | vanity
    NJ has thousands of far more pressing problems,but... a NJ Assemblyman wants to ban the sale of high-caffeine beverages to "underage" consumers. It never stops !!!
  • A coffee with your doughnut could protect against Alzheimer's disease

    04/03/2008 2:02:40 PM PDT · by Clairity · 23 replies · 188+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | April 3, 2008 | BioMedCentral
    A daily dose of caffeine blocks the disruptive effects of high cholesterol that scientists have linked to Alzheimer's disease. A study in the open access publication, Journal of Neuroinflammation revealed that caffeine equivalent to just one cup of coffee a day could protect the blood-brain barrier (BBB) from damage that occurred with a high-fat diet. The BBB protects the central nervous system from the rest of the body's circulation, providing the brain with its own regulated microenvironment. Previous studies have shown that high levels of cholesterol break down the BBB which can then no longer protect the central nervous system...
  • Daily caffeine 'protects brain'

    04/03/2008 3:57:52 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 56 replies · 279+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 2, 2008 | Staff
    Coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body, research suggests. The drink has already been linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer's Disease, and a study by a US team for the Journal of Neuroinflammation may explain why. A vital barrier between the brain and the main blood supply of rabbits fed a fat-rich diet was protected in those given a caffeine supplement. UK experts said it was the "best evidence yet" of coffee's benefits. The "blood brain barrier" is a filter which protects the central nervous system from potentially harmful...
  • Pregnancy Problems Tied to Caffeine

    01/20/2008 10:00:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 133+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 21, 2008 | DENISE GRADY
    Too much caffeine during pregnancy may increase the risk of miscarriage, a new study says, and the authors suggest that pregnant women may want to reduce their intake or cut it out entirely. Many obstetricians already advise women to limit caffeine, though the subject has long been contentious, with conflicting studies, fuzzy data and various recommendations given over the years. The new study, being published Monday in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, finds that pregnant women who consume 200 milligrams or more of caffeine a day — the amount in 10 ounces of coffee or 25 ounces of tea...
  • Sleepless in America: And That's No (Red) Bull

    01/16/2008 8:29:54 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 104 replies · 140+ views
    Breakpoint with Chuck Colson ^ | 1/16/2008 | Mark Earley
    Note: This commentary was delivered by PFM President Mark Earley. From Starbucks, to Red Bull, to No-Doz, Americans are showing signs of addiction to caffeine. Sixty percent of us drink a cup of coffee a day. On average we will drink 52 gallons of soda this year. And Starbucks—they get a whopping $5.3 billion of our collective dough. Whether we are chemically stimulating because we do not get enough sleep, or whether the caffeine itself is depriving us of precious rest, we are also sleeping less than ever before. Americans get an average of six and a half hours of...
  • Calif. board suggests study of caffeine

    12/10/2007 10:32:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 110+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Dec. 10, 2007 | SAMANTHA YOUNG
    Associated Press A state advisory board on Monday called for a study to determine if sodas and energy drinks containing caffeine pose a risk to pregnant women. The review could lead to warning labels on the drinks under Proposition 65, a 1986 ballot measure that requires the state to identify chemicals that could cause cancer or birth defects. "If I were a pregnant woman or a woman thinking about being pregnant, I would want to know, should I be avoiding caffeine?" said Renee Sharp, a senior analyst with the Environmental Working Group, an environmental research organization that's based in Washington...
  • Caffeine Therapy Boosts Preemies' Outcomes

    11/08/2007 6:01:22 AM PST · by Enterprise · 16 replies · 51+ views
    HealthDay Reporter ^ | 11-7-07 | Serena Gordon
    "New research finds that high doses of caffeine therapy given to babies born very early -- an average of 27 weeks gestation -- reduced their risk of serious disabilities, including cerebral palsy."
  • Starbucks rethinks stance on young customers (Kids giving getting a buzz a new meaning)

    09/11/2007 6:34:11 AM PDT · by Hydroshock · 75 replies · 1,109+ views
    Kamyra L. Harding never gives her son coffee or soda, and rarely opts for treats such as chocolate cupcakes. But about twice a month, the mom does give in to her 4-year-old son Garrett David Brand’s request for a Chai tea latte from Starbucks. “People here already know us,” Harding said on a recent visit to a Starbucks on New York's Upper West Side. “They know we want extra milk.” Garrett has been a regular Starbucks customer since “he could hold a cup,” his mother says. Now when he passes a Starbucks he says, “I want to buy this tea.”...
  • Teenage girl rushed to hospital after overdosing on coffee

    08/13/2007 1:11:16 PM PDT · by macmedic892 · 44 replies · 967+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 13, 2007
    A teenager was rushed to hospital after overdosing on espresso coffee. The 17-year-old downed seven double espresso coffees while working in the family's sandwich shop and was left "burning up and hyperventilating". Student Jasmine Willis, who thought the coffees were single measures, said the effects of the espresso were so severe her actions left customers bewildered. She said she started laughing and crying for no reason while serving them, but after being sent home by her father Gary the medical symptoms started. She developed a fever at home and was unable to breathe properly. Jasmine, of Stanley, County Durham, was...